What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 18, 2022

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - July 18, 2022Inflation dominated last week’s economic readings and predictions as it hit a year-over-year growth rate of  9.10 percent in July. Inflation reached its highest year-over-year growth rate since 1981. Gasoline prices eased somewhat, but not enough to provide relief against a backdrop of high housing and food prices. Low and moderate-income consumers were disproportionately impacted as rents rose beyond near-record inflation and home prices remained out of reach for many would-be home buyers.

Inflation Causing Hardship for Moderate-Income Consumers

Consumers faced with rapidly growing expenses turned to credit cards for purchasing food and household items; this trend suggests that as interest rates rise, more households could experience increasing financial stress as paying off consumer debt becomes more difficult.

The Consumer Price Index rose by 1.3 percent in June on a month-to-month basis; analysts expected a month-to-month reading of 1.1 percent inflationary growth based on May’s reading of 1.0 percent growth. The core Consumer Price Index, which excludes volatile food and fuel sectors, rose by 0.70 percent in June and exceeded analysts’ expected reading of 0.50 percent growth and May’s month-to-month reading of 0.60 percent growth.

Year-over-year inflation reached 9.10 percent in June and surpassed analysts’ expectations of 8.80 percent- year-over-year-inflationary growth and May’s year-over-year reading of 8.60 percent growth. Core inflation rose by 5.90 percent year-over-year in June and fell short of analysts’ forecasts of 5.7 percent year-over-year growth. May’s year-over-year reading for inflationary growth was 6.0 percent and could suggest that inflation has peaked.

Mortgage Rates Rise After Fed Raises Key Interest Rate Range

Although the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate range in an attempt to slow inflation, mortgage rates also rose last week. Freddie Mac reported that rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose by 21 basis points to 5.51 percent on average. Rates for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 22 basis points higher at 4.67 percent. The average rate for 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages was 16 basis points higher at 4.35 percent; discount points averaged 0.80 percent for fixed-rate mortgages and 0.20 percent for 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages.

New jobless claims rose last week with 244,000 first-time claims filed as compared to the previous week’s reading of 235,000 initial jobless claims filed. Fewer ongoing jobless claims were filed last week with 1.33 million continuing claims filed as compared to the prior week’s reading of 1.37 million ongoing jobless claims filed.

Consumer concerns over inflation eased in July with a preliminary reading of 51.1 reported in the University of Michigan’s preliminary consumer confidence index. Any reading over 50 indicates that most consumers surveyed were confident about current economic conditions.

What’s Ahead

This week’s scheduled economic reporting includes readings on home prices, building permits issued, and housing starts. Data on sales of previously-owned homes will be released along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims.  


3 Different Types of Loan That Will Negatively Impact Your Ability to Get a Mortgage

3 Different Types of Loan That Will Negatively Impact Your Ability to Get a MortgageA good credit rating is built on a number of financial factors including paying your bills on time and the length of your credit history, but loans can also be a source of bolstering your credit score in a positive way. While this means that loans can actually be a good thing, there are also the kinds of loans that can have a damaging impact on acquiring a mortgage. If you’ll soon be pursuing your own home purchase, here are some loans that may have a negative impact.

Borrowing For Education

When you are young, student loans are an ideal means of paying down your debt and developing a positive credit history. However, if these loans are left to linger they can have a marked effect on your chances of a mortgage approval. Since paying back your student loans will be one of the first times in your financial life that you’ll be able to prove your reliability, you should ensure you pay them on a consistent basis in order to lower your overall debt-to-income ratio.

Credit Card Debt

Many people don’t think of the purchases that go on their credit card as loans, but the money on your credit card does not really belong to you until it’s paid off. While credit cards can be a great boon for establishing your credit in the early days, if you rack up a lot of credit card debt and do not pay your minimum payments by the due date, it will cause a considerable dip in your credit score. In addition, taking on too many cards can be a negative signal to lenders.

Payday Loans

In recent years, payday loans have sometimes been broken out separately from other loans on a person’s credit report. However, unlike many other types of loans, payday loans can be seen in a bad light by lenders because they can be indicative of someone who’s experienced significant financial setbacks, which would negatively impact their ability to pay a mortgage. While some mortgage lenders will not decline an application due to payday loans, some have already started to take this step.

Acquiring loans can be a good means of developing a credit history, but there are types of loans that may look bad on your mortgage application and won’t be of service if you can’t pay them off consistently. If you’re considering submitting a mortgage application, contact your local mortgage professional for more information.

Why Banks Don’t Always Give The Best Interest Rate

Why Banks Don't Always Give The Best Interest RateIf you want to purchase a house, you will probably have to take out a mortgage. There are only a few people who have enough cash to purchase a house outright, so most will go to the bank for a loan. How do you know if the bank is giving you the best possible interest rate? Unfortunately, the bank does not always give you the best interest rate because the bank is looking for a way to make money. If they can get you to accept a higher interest rate, they will make more money on your home loan. What are some of the factors that dictate interest rates on loans, and how can you say money?

Bank Rates Are Dictated By Investors

In a lot of cases, mortgage rates are not necessarily dictated by banks, but they are dictated by investors. Many banks want to remove the risk of someone defaulting on their home loan, so they will sell the debt to an investor. This is a way for the banks to free up capital they can use to invest in other projects. Sometimes, the mortgage rates are dictated by the amount of money investors are willing to pay for this type of debt.

Interest Rates Are Always Forward-Looking

In other cases, banks will charge a higher interest rate because they are worried that rates will rise in the future. Essentially, the pricing on home loans right now is dictated by what banks think interest rates will be in the future. If the bank thinks that interest rates will go up, then it might raise interest rates now to hedge its risk. 

How You Can Get A Better Interest Rate

There are a few ways you can get the bank to give you a better interest rate. First, make sure your credit report is in order. Maximize your credit score to get a better interest rate. Then, make sure you have enough money to put down. The more money you put down, the lower the interest rate you will get. Finally, ask about discount points. You might be able to pay some of the interest upfront in exchange for a lower interest rate over the life of the loan. 


Financing Options For Home Improvement Projects: What To Know

Financing Options For Home Improvement Projects: What To KnowAre you planning on updating your house? A home improvement project can be expensive, but you don’t necessarily need to pay for the entire cost upfront. There are several loan options that can make it easier for you to get your home improvement project started right now. What are your options?

A Personal Loan

One of the most common options people use to finance a home improvement project is a personal loan. This could be a great option for you if you don’t want to use your home as collateral or if you don’t have enough equity in your home to use one of the other options available. The downside of this option is that you might have to pay a higher interest rate because a personal loan is not necessarily collateralized.

A Cash-Out Refinance

Another popular option is a cash-out refinance. In this option, you will refinance your mortgage, replacing your current loan with a new loan. Then, you will withdraw some of the equity in your home. You will increase the balance you have to pay back, but you will have a lump sum of cash you can use to cover the cost of your home improvement project. If interest rates have gone down since you took out your first mortgage, you might be able to keep your monthly payment the same. If you can’t get a lower interest rate, you might extend the length of the mortgage to prevent your monthly payment from going up. 

A Home Equity Line Of Credit

Finally, you should also consider a home equity line of credit. As long as you have enough equity in your home, you can withdraw some of the equity and use it to finance the home improvement project. Essentially, it is a second mortgage, but it has a lower interest rate than a personal loan because you use your home as collateral. 

Get Ready For Your Home Improvement Project

You need to think carefully about every financing option available to you. They each have their benefits and drawbacks, and you should get your finances in order before you decide to apply for a loan. Consider reaching out to a professional who can help you.


You Closed On A House: Do You Or Your Lender Own It?

You Closed On A House: Do You Or Your Lender Own It?You were able to find a house and successfully close on it, so congratulations on becoming a homeowner! Then, you pause for a second and think: does your lender own your house? Some people believe that if they only put 20 percent down on a house, the lender actually owns the other 80 percent. Does this mean that your lender still owns a large portion of your house? This is not the case, but there are some caveats that you need to keep in mind.

Your Name Is On The Title

First, you are the one who owns the house. Your name is on the title, so you assume all of the benefits of owning the home. For example, if your home goes up in value between now and when you sell your home, you alone benefit from the capital appreciation of your home. Your lender isn’t suddenly entitled to more money just because your home is more valuable. You are the owner of your home, and your lender’s name should not be one anywhere on the title.

You Are Under A Legal Obligation To Pay Back Your Loan

Even though you own your home, your lender still has an important legal interest in your home. You are under a legal obligation to pay back your lender, and your lender can start legal proceedings if you do not pay back your loan. For example, if you fall behind on your mortgage payments, your lender can take legal action to repossess your house. This is called foreclosure, and you can be forcefully stripped of the title of your house. Stay on top of your mortgage payments to prevent this from happening.

After The Mortgage Is Paid Off

After the mortgage is paid off, your lender can no longer start the foreclosure process because you do not owe any additional money. On the other hand, other entities could foreclose on you if you do not pay your bills. For example, the government could take your home if you do not pay your real estate taxes from time to time. The laws vary from state to state, so try to familiarize yourself with the laws in your area.

First Time Home-buyers: How to Properly Research Your Mortgage Options

First Time Home-buyers: How to Properly Research Your Mortgage OptionsFor most consumers, buying a house is the largest purchase you’ll make in your life. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you have the best mortgage terms available. With so much at stake, it’s important to have full confidence in both your lender and your mortgage.

So how can you ensure that the mortgage you choose is the right one for you? Here’s how you can evaluate your mortgage options and find the best option for your individual circumstances.

Make Sure You Actually Do Shop Around

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, half of borrowers consider just one lender before applying for a mortgage, while 70% of borrowers only apply to one lender. While a broker or your bank can be a good source of information about mortgages and may offer great rates, that’s not always the case. The best way to get a great deal on a mortgage is to shop around and see what’s available.

Look For Information From Reputable, Independent Sources

When you’re looking at mortgage terms and evaluating lenders, it’s important that you remain skeptical. Lenders always have an agenda – to earn money on your debt. While lenders can indeed offer you expert information on the mortgage industry, they’re not exactly objective – so make sure that when you consider their offers, you refer to independent experts when deciding if you’re getting a good deal.

Compare Loan Terms, Not Bonus Incentives

Quite often, banks will offer their clients extra mortgage incentives available only to clients. These incentives can include things like free savings bonds or a free credit card limit increase. But just because you’re getting a freebie, that doesn’t necessarily make the mortgage a good deal.

It’s important to consider both the value of the incentive and the cost difference between mortgages. If your bank’s mortgage would cost you an extra $5,000 over the life of the loan compared to a third party mortgage, then your bank would need to give you $5,000 worth of free services in order to make your bank’s loan worth your money. Don’t be fooled by flashy freebies – look at the actual terms.

Finding the right mortgage can be a struggle, especially if you’re trying to do it on your own. That’s why it helps to consult an independent mortgage professional who can advise you on industry standards and help you to get the best terms. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact your local mortgage advisor today.

An Overview Of A Drive By Appraisal

An Overview Of A Drive By AppraisalIf you are applying for a home loan of any kind, there is a high likelihood that your lender will require a home appraisal. An appraisal is done to figure out how much your home is actually worth because the lender does not want to lend you more money than you could theoretically sell the home for in the future. There are some situations where the lender might be fine with a drive/by appraisal. What does this mean?

Comparing A Traditional Appraisal To A Drive By Appraisal

A traditional appraisal is a very thorough process where the appraiser comes to the home and inspects almost every portion of the home. This includes the interior and exterior. Then, the appraiser uses the information to calculate an estimate of the value of the home.

In a drive-by appraisal, the appraiser will only look at the exterior of the home. Then, the appraiser will compare this to the exterior of similar homes in your area, such as in your neighborhood, to get a better idea of how the value of your home compares to similar homes near you. Then, the appraiser uses this to figure out the value of your home. 

When Is A Drive By Appraisal Permitted?

Ultimately, a drive-by appraisal is permitted at the discretion of the lender. Typically, if you are applying for a new home loan, the lender will want a full appraisal; however, due to the pandemic, some lenders have become more lax and have been allowing drive-by appraisals for safety purposes. In addition, if you are applying for a refinance, the lender might not require a full appraisal. This is likely dependent on the time between your original home loan and the current refinance. It might also be dependent on your financial situation. 

Do I Want A Drive-By Appraisal?

There are a few advantages to you if the lender allows a drive-by appraisal. The process is usually faster, so it could help you expedite the closing process. In addition, if someone occupies the home currently, a stranger doesn’t have to enter the home to inspect every nook and cranny. If your lender requires a home appraisal, be sure to clarify what type of appraisal has to be done to get you to the closing table. 

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 5, 2022

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - July 5, 2022Last week’s scheduled economic news included reports on home prices, pending home sales, and inflation. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.

S&P Case-Shiller: National Home Price Growth Ticks Down in April

Home price growth slowed in April according to the S&P Case-Shiller National Home Price Index as growth slowed by 0.20 percent to a 20.40 percent gain year-over-year. Slower growth in home prices suggested that affordability concerns have caught up with the rapid home price growth seen during the pandemic.

The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index reported that Tampa, Florida home prices gained 35.8 percent year over year in April followed by a 33.3 percent price gain in Miami, Florida. Home prices in Phoenix, Arizona grew by 31.3 percent year-over-year.

Pending home sales rose by 0.70 percent in May as compared to April’s reading of -0.40 percent.  Analysts expected pending home sales to fall by 0.40 percent in May.

Fixed Mortgage Rates, Jobless Claims Fall

Freddie Mac reported lower fixed mortgage rates last week as the average rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell by 11 basis points to 5.70 percent. Rates for 15-year fixed rate mortgages averaged 4.83 percent and were nine basis points lower than in the prior week. The average rate for 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages rose by nine basis points to 4.50 percent. Discount points averaged 0.90 percent for fixed-rate mortgages and 0.30 percent for 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages. 

New jobless claims fell to 231,000 claims filed last week as compared to 233,000 initial claims filed in the prior week. Continuing jobless claims were unchanged with 1.33 million ongoing claims filed last week.

In other news, the federal government reported that the Consumer Price Index rose by 8.60 percent year-over-year in May. This was the highest reading since 1981. Rising inflation was largely caused by rising food and fuel prices. The month-to-month reading for the Consumer Price index rose to 0.60 percent in May as compared to April’s month-to-month reading of 0.20 percent growth. Analysts said that the economy is slowing due to rising consumer prices and interest rates; the  Federal Reserve recently rose its key interest rate range to 0.75 to 1.00 percent to ease rapidly rising inflation.

What’s Ahead

This week’s scheduled economic reports include labor sector data on job growth, the national unemployment rate, and job openings. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims will also be released.

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in April

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in April

U.S. home price growth continued but slowed in April according to the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The national home price index posted year-over-year home price growth of 20.4 percent in April as compared to the corresponding home price growth rate of 20.6 percent in March. Analysts said that diminishing affordability was slowing rapid gains in home prices seen during the pandemic.

20-City Home Price Index: Florida and Arizona Report Top Home Price Growth Rates

The top three cities for year-over-year home price growth in April’s 20-City Home Price Index were Tampa, Florida with a reading of 35.8 percent; Miami, Florida reported 33.3 percent growth and Phoenix, Arizona reported a year-over-year home price growth rate of 31.3 percent.

Nine of the 20 cities included in the index reported higher price gains in April as compared to March. All 20 cities reported higher home prices in April than in March. While analysts noted the slower pace of home price growth, they cautioned against expecting falling home prices any time soon. Craig J. Lazzara, managing director of S&P Dow Jones Indices said that April’s increase in home prices ranked in the top 20 percent of historical experience for every city, and in the top 10 percent for 19 of the cities included in the 20-City Home Price Index.

FHFA House Price Index: Home Prices Rise in April

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reported a year-over-year home price growth rate of 18.8 percent for single-family homes owned or financed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Home prices of homes owned or financed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rose at a month-to-month pace of 1.6 percent in April.

The FHFA Home Price Index reports on home prices across the nine Census divisions; month-to-month home price growth ranged from 0.3 percent in the East South-Central division to 14.1 percent in the Mid-Atlantic division to 23.5 percent in the South Atlantic division. The FHFA Home Price Index is based on single-family home sales data from more than 400 cities in all 50 states. 

The Quick and Easy Guide to Understanding the Math Behind Your Mortgage Closing Costs

The Quick and Easy Guide to Understanding the Math Behind Your Mortgage Closing CostsIt’s amazing that in a year with extremely low mortgage rates being reported around the country, closing costs are up by as much as 6% from the previous year. Part of the reason for this is that the stricter regulations on loans have increased the costs to banks, and they always find a way to pass on new costs to the consumer.

Understanding Third-Party Closing Costs

When closing on a mortgage the borrower will notice a long list of additional fees that they are expected to pay for. These can range from insignificant into the thousands of dollars depending on the state and the deal. When looking at these fees you will notice that some are third-party fees.

This is not out of the ordinary and you are not being taken advantage of. These costs are for services rendered by outside companies at the request of the mortgage lender to make sure everything is in order with the property.

Closing Costs You Can Expect To Pay

Anybody going through the mortgage process for the first time should expect to see several odd sounding terms on the bill. The first is ‘origination’ or ‘processing’ which is the primary fee the lender charges for creating the mortgage.

Other fees include discount points, flood certification, title insurance, credit report and appraisal. These are all necessary for buying a home and should be expected to appear when closing.

The Trick Behind Zero-Closing Cost Mortgages

With closing fees adding up it may seem like a good idea to opt for a mortgage that has absolutely no closing costs if it’s offered. While no money will be required up front, it adds up in the long run.

This is because the lender is making a deal. They agree to pay all the closing costs for the borrower in exchange for a slightly higher interest rate, which will pay out for them over the course of the mortgage.

The amount you can expect to pay really depends on the cost of living and real estate market where you’re buying. A mortgage specialist will be able to talk to you in advance of applying for your mortgage to give you a better idea of what you are looking at paying for closing costs. Contact one today for more information on why you have to pay closing fees and the amount you should be budgeting for.